ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a global leader in mission-critical, real-time payments software, announced today that Thomas Warsop, formerly the non-executive Chair of the ACI Board of Directors, has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Odilon Almeida, who is departing from his role as CEO of ACI. To help provide for an orderly transition, the Board intends to enter into a transition services agreement with Almeida through November 30, 2022.
Adalio Sanchez, an independent member of the ACI Board since 2015, was selected as non-executive Chair of the Board. The Board will conduct a comprehensive search to identify a permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading, independent executive search firm.
“As ACI advances its vision to lead the real-time payments revolution, the Board determined that now is the right time to transition to a new leader focused on accelerating our technology transformation and delivering operational excellence across our business,” said Mary Harman, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Chair. “The Board is confident that the Company is well-positioned to build on the momentum underway as we work to provide the next generation of real-time payments solutions for our clients.”
She continued, “On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Odilon for his leadership and contributions to ACI. We wish him all the best in the future. We are fortunate to have Tom Warsop bring his considerable leadership experience and expertise in financial services technology to the Interim CEO role, and we are confident in his ability to lead the Company during this transition period.”
Warsop said, “ACI is uniquely positioned to support banks, merchants and billers around the world. We have market-leading software platforms in use at many of the world’s leading financial institutions and are poised not just to benefit from, but to drive, the rapidly approaching real-time payments revolution. This exciting opportunity will require bold leadership, and now is the time to build an even stronger foundation for ACI’s next chapter of growth. I’m thrilled to be able to support this great organization as we chart our path forward.”
Warsop joined the ACI Board of Directors in June 2015 and became non-executive Chairman in June 2022. He has led various portfolio companies for several leading private equity firms since 2012, including One Call Care Management, York Risk Services Group, and The Warranty Group. He served as Group President at Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a provider of technology solutions to the financial industry, from 2007 to 2012. He served in various capacities at Electronic Data Systems for 17 years, including President of its Business Process Outsourcing unit in Asia Pacific, Vice President in the United Kingdom, and Vice President of Global Financial Services. He currently serves on the Boards of One Call Care Management and Nation Safe Drivers.
ACI Worldwide is a global leader in mission-critical, real-time payments software. Our proven, secure, and scalable software solutions enable leading corporations, fintechs, and financial disruptors to process and manage digital payments, power omni-commerce payments, present and process bill payments, and manage fraud and risk. We combine our global footprint with a local presence to drive the real-time digital transformation of payments and commerce.
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